Rollover Accidents: Their Causes & What You Should Do

Rollover accidents can be extremely traumatic. While they are relatively rare compared to other types of collisions, the chances of dying or sustaining serious injury are actually higher. Although rollovers accounted for only 2 percent of crashes involving SUVs, vans and pickups, they nonetheless led to 35 percent of the fatalities from passenger vehicle collisions.1

rollover accidents

People who have sustained injuries in rollover car accidents often face months if not years of recovery time. Of course, added to this are substantial medical bills and lost income from missed work. Therefore, given the serious nature of such incidents, it’s important to educate yourself about your legal rights. In many cases, victims of car rollover accidents have a right to legal compensation. Of course, your ability to sue for damages depends on the cause of the accident and your involvement in the crash. If you were a passenger in someone else’s vehicle for example, and driver error was to blame for the rollover, then you might be able to sue the driver for damages.

What Causes Rollover Accidents?

Rollovers are often the result of a combination of factors. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) data on rollovers, some of the major reasons that vehicles tip over include:

  • Speed – Approximately 40 percent of all fatal rollover crashes were the result of excessive speeding.
  • Alcohol – Almost half of all crashes involved alcohol.
  • Location – Nearly three fourths of all rollovers occurred on rural roads where barriers are few and far between.
  • Vehicle – The vast majority of rollovers involved vehicles with a high center of gravity such as SUVs, vans and pickups.2

car rollover accidents

SUV Safety Ratings

Many experts have pointed to basic design flaws in SUVs as the reason for the high mortality rate connected with rollover accidents. Not only are SUVs more prone to tipping, but all too often the roof collapses upon impact. This is mainly due to their high center of gravity and narrow track width. This is the width between the left and right tires.

However the roof collapse alone can account for many of the most serious and even fatal injuries sustained in rollover car accidents.

Since 2001, the NHTSA has included a rollover rating system in their SUV car safety ratings reports. In addition to general auto safety ratings, the rollover ratings take into account a vehicle’s center of gravity, track width and accident history.

Given the prevalence and seriousness of SUV rollovers, auto manufacturers may share some of the blame for the high injury rate. If poor construction, design flaws or a lack of safety features contributed to the accident itself or to the seriousness of the injuries, you may be able to hold the vehicle manufacturer liable for the crash.

What Should I Do If I’ve Been Involved In A Rollover Accident?

If you’ve sustained injury in a vehicle rollover, you should contact an accident attorney as soon as possible. Only by securing expert legal help can you hope to recoup the financial damages. This will allow you to put yourself on the road to full medical and financial recovery.

If You Or Someone You Know Has Been Involved In A Rollover Accident, CALL (800) 722-9744 NOW To Speak To An Experienced Injury Attorney For FREE.

Since 1996, the Law Offices of Marc J. Shuman & Associates has been helping Rollover Accident victims, all injured victims and their families navigate the complex legal process. As experienced personal injury, worker’s compensation and wrongful death attorneys, we can help you evaluate the facts. We can also assess your options, navigate the legal challenges and advocate on your behalf. Marc J. Shuman & Associates has over 77 combined years of experience advocating for over 10,000 injury victims and their families recovering over 50 million dollars on their behalf.  We advocate on your behalf, so you can focus on the task of recovery.

Sources:
  1. http://www.safercar.gov/Vehicle+Shoppers/Rollover/Causes

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